Sandra Sookoo

When an outrageous meeting leads to inappropriate desire, will family honor and duty destroy a chance for true love?

Felix Alan Darrington, Earl of Swandon has been summoned to London by his mother. Though he has obligations to Parliament, his meddling parent has reminded him it’s time to do his duty, marry and provide her with grandchildren. But Felix refuses to wed under dictate. He’ll choose the woman and the time, and if he’s lucky he’ll marry for love.

Clarice Delacroix is a lady’s companion. Though she’s an illegitimate daughter of a duke, her mother was a French opera singer which puts Clarice firmly between worlds. Possessed of a quick temper and a penchant for making pastries, she longs for adventure, romance and acceptance, but she refuses to be anyone’s mistress. Her mother’s life is not for her.

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As Felix schemes to spend more time with Clarice and find out why the Frenchwoman intrigues him, the titled lady who wishes to be his countess conspires to keep them apart. Felix quickly finds that balancing relationships between family and love is not as easy as first thought, or as black and white. Someone in his circle isn’t telling the truth, and the repercussions could prove deadly to Clarice’s future.

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Reviews for Marriage Minded Lord

5 out of 5 stars. "I fell in love with this book as soon as I picked it up.  The author pulls you into an enticing world of love, aristocracy, and divisions of class.  Felix falls for a young woman's companion named Clarice. However, the young woman Olivia wants Felix for herself and thinks he is falling for her instead of Clarice.  This book is a mini historical romance comedy.  It has a good mix of a little bit of everything in it.  I laughed so hard that I was crying in some parts.  I would definitely recommend this book to anybody and everybody I know!" -- Ashley, Reading Bliss

4 out of 5 stars. "I really enjoyed this book, so much so, that I read it in one sitting. I just could not put it down. I absolutely love Clarice and her attitude. The pull between Felix and Clarice is nothing short but invigorating and enticing. Throughout the whole book, all I could was sit back and hope things would go the way I wanted them to...  I absolutely loved this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for their next romance read set in the Regency Era...don't hesitate and go grab your copy today!" -- Brandy, Escaping Reality One Book at a Time

5 out of 5 stars. "Marriage Minded Lord was the first book that I have read from this author and I was very glad I was able to take the time and read it. The writing style was witty and fun and the characters were completely enjoyable as they moved throughout the story, making for an enjoyable read... This story was well done with a smooth writing style. The plot line and environment comes to life and allows you glimpses into how life and society were during that time." -- Teresa, Once Upon a Book

5 out of 5 stars. “The romance was mostly sweet, with a hint of spice. Clarice and Felix were so cute together. Both were very honest with themselves and each other about their feelings, so that was nice. It was easy to tell how infatuated they were with each other. And, there was a dash of spice that was very hot, though it wasn't the focus of their relationship. I thought they were a lovely couple.

Lady Drummond is Clarice's mistress and she played a big part, so I just want to mention her. This woman is mean. It was not difficult to hate her. She is cruel and awful and very hate-able. How she treated Clarice, how she tried to break the lovers apart, how she gained her fortune. It was all horrifying. And she is full on crazy. Completely off her rocker. And, her character made things interesting. She was a character that I loved to hate.

The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect. Marriage Minded Lord was a fantastic historical romance. I loved this book! It was a truly lovely, enjoyable read. Lovers of historical romance, you have to read this book.” -- Farrah from a review on Amazon

 

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About Sandra Sookoo

Sandra is a writer of romantic fiction. In the past couple of years she’s concentrated on funny contemporary romance as well as Regency-era romance, but she will, on occasion, write paranormal or sci-fi. Whether you like sweet or erotic heat levels, there’s something for everyone to fall in love with. She’s also a hybrid author, choosing to publish both with small presses and doing the indie thing.

When not immersed in creating new worlds and engaging characters, Sandra likes to read, bake, taste new teas, watch The Big Bang Theory and Psych as well as Finding Bigfoot, and travel. Her favorite place to spend vacation hours is Walt Disney World: it’s where dreams come true and the soul can play. When she’s not writing or inventing new recipes, she spends time with her husband -- goofing off and making moments count.

Sandra loves to hear from her readers. You can write to her at sandrasookoo (at) yahoo.com, visit her website at www.sandrasookoo.com, or look her up on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Also by Sandra Sookoo:

Suddenly Tamed (sweet Regency)
The Engagement Present (contemporary menage)
Romancing the Stars (contemporary movie star anthology)
Operation Wedding Crash (contemporary romantic comedy)
Once Upon a Hero (paperback fairy tale collection)
Hollywood Dreams and Buttercrean (contemporary romantic comedy)
Misfortune's Lady (Regency menage)

Coming soon:

The sequel to this book, To Bed or To Wed, will release in March 2014

 

An Interview with the Sandra Sookoo
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Sandra, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Marriage Minded Lord. What can you tell us about this fabulous new release?

SS: Well, it’s the first book in a brand new Regency series that follows the lives of four Darrington siblings who are largely under the thumb of their managing mother. Marriage Minded Lord is the story of Felix (the eldest) and what he does about falling head over heels for a vastly unsuitable woman who’s not exactly as she appears.

HH: What will readers like about Clarice and why will they empathize with her?

SS: Clarice is much like the “every woman”. She’s living the hard-knock life and working for the World’s Worst Boss, but she endures the hardships because of her boss’s connections and the hope they’ll get her to meet her one goal -- seeing the man who fathered her. Readers will empathize with her because she’s bullied by this woman. Clarice never gives up, even when life smacks her around. I hope readers identify with her and draw strength.

HH: What will readers love about Felix?

SS: They’ll love his frustration from being pulled in three directions -- his family, his duty and his new-found love for Clarice. Who doesn’t enjoy watching a hero’s ego get bruised a little while he figures out in his head what his heart knows all along? But he’s a champion, and he fights for the right thing even while he’s being manipulated on all sides. You can’t help but want to hug him.

HH: What kind of research went into this book?

SS: As with all of my books, there is always research. This one had to do with titles, and where things were located in London and some of the dirty little secrets that might have occurred during this time period. Recently coming into writing during the Regency era in the last couple of years, I still find the research phase fascinating.

HH: What makes this book different from any of your other works?

SS: It’s the first time I’ve written about a French-born character, and in Clarice, she’s a handful. It’s also the first time I’ve written a series about a family, instead of a loosely-connected collection of characters.

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

SS: Oh, 2014 is proving to be quite exciting, at least on the writing front. I’m planning all sort of awesome projects, some of which are in various stages of writing and development. Most of which will concentrate on the Regency era as well as funny contemporary that my readers are fond of. Starting in November, I’ll begin writing a contemporary titled Chicken Gyped. It makes the mind spin, doesn’t it? So, stay tuned to social media for updates!

HH: Where do you draw inspiration from in your writing career?

SS: Inspiration is all around me, from the people I see at the grocery, to music I hear, to pictures I see, magazine articles, etc. In fact, recently I finished a novella that was inspired by a picture of a baby bed I glimpsed in my Facebook feed. All I need is my imagination and an open mind.

HH: What are you most grateful for in your writing career?

SS: My readers. Without my loyal readers, I’d be nothing. I’m also grateful to key people I’ve met along the way who’ve taught me the skills and nuances needed to build terrific stories and memorable characters. I’m always learning, and it’s always surprising.

HH: What are you reading at the moment?

SS: Right now I’m re-reading Donna Andrews’ Meg Langslow mystery series (in paperback) On my Kindle, I’m reading Barbara Silkstone’s Cairo Caper (a Wendy Darlin mystery). At any given time I’m reading a mystery, but there are a few lovely Regencies I’ve recently bought that are just waiting for me to take a few days off.

HH: Where can readers find you online?

SS: Website: http://www.sandrasookoo.com
Believing is Seeing blog: http://sandrasookoo.wordpress.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/sandrasookoo
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sandra.sookoo
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2931453.Sandra_Sookoo
Amazon page: http://amazon.com/author/sandrasookoo

HH: Thank you!

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